Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. It is located 42 km east of Kullu at the height of 1640 meters. Kasol is partitioned into Old Kasol and New Kasol on the either side of the bridge. Kasol is at distance of 5 km from Manikaran, a Holy place for Hindus and Sikhs.
Unlike Manikaran Kasol exists in its own world as a hub for backpackers, wanderers who are attracted to the scenic valley, river flowing by and untouched hills. Along with all this Kasol is also a the starting point for Himalayan trekking. Trekkers come here to trek upto SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khiriganga. Most of the trekking is organized by the Youth Hostel of India and the base camp for the Sarpass Trek is at Kasol. Visitors from Israel are common in Kasol and one can see the Hebrew language banners throughout the valley.
Last year in March I boarded the bus to Bhuntar from New Delhi and from where I traveled to Kasol. The total journey took some 16 hours to reach our destination. Like most of the hill stations in Himachal Kasol was so different, Beautiful scenery and pleasant weather drives away all the tiredness and idleness that one gets while traveling and reaching here.
Kasol is all about wandering Israelis in hot pants, German bakery, cafes claiming to sell best Israeli food with everything written in Hebrew. There is nothing in this area but on a stretch of 2 km road with nature and scenic beauty at its best.
There is an abundance of inns and cyber cafes, travel agencies and handicraft shops. At the cyber cafes, you’ll see tourists talking to their families and friends back home over Facebook and Skype. I was even chased by the dogs at one point for no reason. Almost every foreigner carried a telling smile on his/her face that comes from what Kasol gives them in form of banks of Rier Parvati and supply of most amazing food you’ll ever get on the mountains. Travelers who cannot afford hotels, camp on the banks of River Pravati cook by themselves and sing all night.
Kasol is an amazing place to visit, sit around and do nothing for days and days. You’ll never regret coming to this place when you are on a trip to Manali and nearby.